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The Key to a Good Morning

Preparation is key for making your preschooler's mornings a success.
 

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It’s 6 a.m.! While you crave another hour of shut-eye, your preschooler has other ideas. (Or maybe you have to be at work by eight, so the morning shuffle begins.) No matter your schedule, with confidence and preparation, you can make early wake-up calls less stressful for you both.


A good morning starts with a good night. Threes and fours enjoy pleasing the adults in their lives, so enlist your child’s help the evening before in preparing for the next day. Delegate age-appropriate responsibilities. Ask him to pick a shirt to wear the next day, for instance, or to choose from a “menu” you’ll serve for breakfast.


To Each His Own

When the alarm goes off, keep your child’s personality in mind. If your little one has a “slow to warm” temperament, give her a blanket to cuddle with and play soft music to keep the morning calm. If her style is to hit the deck running, strengthen hand-eye coordination and thinking skills by asking her to set the table or bring backpacks to the door.

 

Routines help preschoolers know what to expect and to ease into the day without constant supervision. You might set up your child’s routine with sequential activities on a picture chart (eat breakfast, brush teeth, dress, get backpack) so he can stay on task.

 

Reduce morning demands by keeping important supplies within your child’s reach. Store cereal boxes and bowls on a low shelf so she can get her own breakfast. Keep socks and underwear in a bottom drawer. Finally, hang backpacks on low pegs so she can learn the responsibility of packing for school!

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